Robert Wilson is an American–European director who is also a performer, installation artist, writer, designer of light and much more besides – a crossover polymath who dissolves both generic and geographical boundaries and is a precursor of globalisation in the arts. This second edition of Robert Wilson combines:
- an analysis of his main productions, situated in their American and European socio-cultural and political contexts
- a focused, detailed study of Wilson’s pathbreaking Einstein on the Beach
- a study of Pushkin's Fairy Tales as the foremost example of his folk-rock music theatre in the twenty-first century
- an exploration of his ‘visual book’, workshop and rehearsal methods, and collaborative procedures
- a study of his aesthetic principles and the elements of composition that distinguish his directorial approach
- a series of practical exercises for students and practitioners highlighting Wilson’s technique.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today’s student.
Table of Contents
List of figures
- A WORKING LIFE
- METHOD, ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES
- EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH
Becoming Robert Wilson
Dance plays, silent operas and words
Art and politics: the 1960s and after
Wilson after Einstein
A workshop method
Elements and principles
Itinerary and reception
Einstein on the Beach: a landmark
Structure and form
Breakdown of the work
4. POST SCRIPTUM OF 2017: PUSHKIN’S FAIRY TALES
Style and 'camp'
Display and cultural evocation
5. PRACTICAL EXERCISES
Composing a silent play
Sound and music
Working with texts
A short glossary of terms
Maria Shevtsova is Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her books include Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance (2004), Fifty Key Theatre Directors (2005), Sociology of Theatre and Performance (2009), Directors/Directing: Conversations on Theatre (co-authored, 2009) and The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing (co-authored, 2013). All her books have been translated into multiple languages, and she is co-editor of New Theatre Quarterly.